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2014-2015 MUS News

Following are the announcments sent out by email to the team over the course of the 2014-2015 season.  Join the Facebook group to keep up with detailed team conversations (i.e., practice cancellations, carpool coordinating, etc.)

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Minnesota Youth Ultimate State Championships
Friday, May 22, 2015 3:45 PM

The Minnesota Youth Ultimate State Championships will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine on May 30 and 31, 2015. Games are ongoing all day, both days, and admission is free. Come and support the MÜS!

  • Open:
    • Saturday: 8:30, 12:30, and EITHER 10:30 or 2:30 depending on bye placement.
    • Sunday: 9:00, 11:00, and 1:00
  • Girls:
    • Saturday: 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30
    • Sunday:  9:00, 11:00, and 1:00

See photos...

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Hopkins Hustle Photos and Video
Saturday, May 09, 2015 8:25 PM

Great games today MÜS. Fun to watch. Some photos and videos:

Enjoy!

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Log Into TeamSnap
Friday, May 01, 2015 5:35 PM

Hey MÜS players... many of you still haven't logged into TeamSnap.  YOU NEED TO DO THIS so that you get team communications and then your parents can also log in and get them.  Check the email account you used on your MÜS registration form for an invitation from TeamSnap.  If you don't have one, email Kevin at kevin@kinneavy.com.

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Recent Event Photos
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:20 PM

Some photos from recent events:

See the Photo Archives on the page for the season for more photos.

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MUS update 4/27-31
Monday, April 27, 2015 6:45 AM

Girls play home Tuesday vs. Mounds View.

Open team has a bye week -- so no game, but they'll practice at 3:30 on Thursday instead.

Captains practices on Monday's beginning this week, in addition to Tu-Wed-Th coach practices.

Kudos to all the Open players for their great stamina, spirit, and play at Mudbath! 6 games in 2 days with a win over Madison Memorial, and great challenges to both Hopkins (MN) and Stoughton (WI).

Thanks to Dan L. for tournament coordination and coaching, to Tim O and Sam R for coaching, to the parents that drove, and to our players for garnering a quick invitation back to our host family's house for next year :)

Next up: Hopkins Hustle (both girls and open teams!) May 9-10

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Captain's Practices Start 4/27
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:15 PM

There are now MONDAY captain practices! Starting the 27th, they are at Minikahda at 3:30.

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Stadium Game Info *** CANCELLED ***
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:10 AM

**** THE STADIUM GAME HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***

We have scheduled a game at the stadium for Wednesday, May 13th at 7 PM. We are going to play a co-ed game against South Squall.
With over 40 players playing this spring, we will choose players for the game for a manageable quantity. Here are the criteria for playing in the game:

  1. Inform a coach you would like to play.
  2. Learn a position on offense - handler/cutter and playing hard defense whether person or zone.
  3. Attendance at practice and games

We are targeting about 21 players for the game and will have a final roster on May 11th. The roster will not affect playing time at league games where everyone gets an opportunity nor will it affect opportunities to improve your game at practice.

The game is an opportunity to showcase are sport for the rest of the school so everyone should be promoting the event.

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MUS News 4/19-4/24
Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:25 PM

MUS:  3 items for this week

1. SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK (chilly this week, remember to have enough layers, sweats/jackets, hat, gloves, or you may be asked to sit out):

Tuesday April 21: 

Girls: GAME, vs. Hopkins (HOME), 5pm warm up, 6pm game
Open: Practice, 3:30-5:30

Wednesday, April 22: 

Girls & Open: Practice 3:30-5:30

Thursday, April 23:

Girls: Practice, 3:30-5:30
Open: GAME vs. Wayzata (AWAY), 3200 Mill Street Hamel, MN 55340
View Map, meet at SWHS, Chowen lot, depart by 4:30pm, drivers needed – RSVP please. 

Friday, April 24: 

       Open: Depart for Mudbath, 3:30pm, SWHS, Chowen lot.

*practices and home games are at Minikahda unless otherwise noted
 

2. LAST CALL FOR MUDBATH tournament

   We have room for 6 more players. Let me know ASAP – text is best, 612-508-6489, or madalyncioci@gmail.com  -- final roster due Monday.  (New players welcome. Sorry, 8th graders aren’t eligible for this one.)

3. TEAM SNAP is ready! 

  • We are launching our use of  www.Teamsnap.com , an online and mobile app that allows us to send e-mails to everyone more efficiently (and reliably), and allows players to indicate their availability for games.  Thanks Kevin K. who's done an amazing job getting roster, games, e-mails, preloaded.  No worries if you aren’t tech savvy, you will still be getting e-mails right into your in-box, just as you have been.
     
  • Some people were already in TeamSnap; new people have been added (apologies for any errors).
     
  • STEP 1: You should get an email via TeamSnap to create a login. MUS will show up as one of your teams when you log in.  (If you want, you can have your player create their login first.  Then you can choose to either share your player’s login or create your own.)
     
  • STEP 2: Use TeamSnap to RSVP for games & check the game schedule, and past results 
     
  • STEP 3: (optional) Parents, you can add yourself to be an “additional contact” for your player, so that you can then mark your player’s availability.  You do this by going to the “roster” tab, clicking ON your players name, and then adding your name/e-mail as an additional contact for that player.
     
  • Problems?  Email Kevin (Kevin@kinneavy.com) (NOT Madayn!) if you don’t get an invitation from TeamSnap in the next day, or if you have any problems with the system.

 

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Important Information Summary - 4/16/15
Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:30 AM

This post is long, but full of info you need to know.  Please read to the end!

  1. Drivers for Open Game Today (4/16) - One more driver wouldn't hurt.  So far we have Donna, Mike M., Maggie, and Madalyn. If you're going straight to the game, let coach Chris or captain Paul know.
     
  2. Wednesday practices added - Starting NOW. Same place/time: 3:30, Minikahda. This allows both teams to have 2 practices and a game each week, and one practice where girls and boys can play together.
     
  3. MUS Meeting Minutes (attached) Good details from our meeting. Please read!
     
  4. USA Ultimate membership DUE BY FRIDAY APRIL 17:  We have several players who haven’t yet joined USA Ultimate.  This is a requirement for  getting onto the roster for the State Tournament (May 30-31).
     
  5. Madison Mudbath, April 24-26:  This is the list of players that have told me they want to go. If you want to go, but haven’t RSVP’d yet, do so soon right here. We will cap it at 21. You have to have all your spring MUS registration complete and be in high school.  (See Tournament Info...)
    Charlie O.           Julian K.
    Charles L.           Nic D.
    Edward H.          Nick S.
    Henry M.            Ramsey S.
    Jacob K.             Royce H.
    John L.               Ryan G.
    Jon S.

    We could use another driver.  Drivers so far: Dan L., Joe L., Madalyn C., and Mike M. (If we get more players, we’ll need additional drivers.)
     
  6. Save These Dates:
    May 9-10 - Hopkins Hustle Tournament (Maple Plain, MN)
    May 30-31 – State High School Ultimate Tournament (usually in Blaine, MN)
    Sun, June 7, MUS end-of-season party.  3pm – MUS player/alumni game 4:30 – picnic, Minikahda Vista
     
  7. Peanut allergy alert:  We have at least one player this year with severe peanut allergy. Please do not bring peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut snacks/candy.  Other nuts are ok.
     
  8. New Communication Tool Coming Soon – TEAM SNAP
    Several parents have suggested that the TEAM SNAP app will be more efficient for us and we are going to give it a try.  You don’t have to be very tech savvy…messages will appear in your e-mail. But it allows players to indicate whether they are playing in games, allows parents to indicate if they can drive, and keeps track of game schedules/results, etc.   We will pre-load your addresses. You will have to set up a log in once, but that should be it. 

    Once TEAM SNAP is up, we will use it as our primary communication tool.  We will keep the FB page more for general information and player to player communication. 
     
  9. Fundraiser Success: Congrats and thanks to all who participated in the fundraiser. You raised over $3,000 for MUS, which will allow us to buy pop-up canopies for the team and to provide financial assistance to ensure that kids who want to play, can. 
     
  10. Need help finding or acquiring cleats or covering any costs of playing? Ask your coach or Madalyn Cioci. Coaches may have a line on inexpensive options, and MUS can help offset costs for players.

If you’ve read to here, you get a MUS swag cheer. 

Go MUS!

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Wednesday Practices
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:35 PM

This is last minute, but MUS decided to add a Wednesday practice, starting tomorrow (4/15), for the rest of the season. Same time and place...3:30 Minikahda. This will let boys and girls have one practice a week together. Bonding!

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Ultimate Gear
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:15 AM

After our first few games, coaches are concerned about players having the gear they need to be safe and happy throughout the ultimate season!  As you pack for your upcoming games and practices, make sure to include these things:`

  • WATER - Absolutely a necessity, even when it's chilly out!
  • WARM CLOTHES - Keep a sweatshirt, sweatpants, winter hat and gloves in your bag.  If rain is on the forecast, bring a raincoat.  Hypothermia is a real concern during our spring season!  NOTE: If you are not dressed appropriately for the weather at games you will be sent home and will not play.
  • CLEATS - A pair of soccer/softball/football/lacrosse cleats will help keep your knees and ankles safe, especially when the grass is wet.  If you need help finding cleats, talk to a coach.
  • GARBAGE BAG - Keep one in your ultimate bag so you can keep your gear dry if it starts to rain (or snow).
  • JERSEY

Happy ultimate!

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Open Games Scheduled for 4/16 & 4/23
Monday, April 13, 2015 6:20 AM

Thurs, April 16 vs. Eden Prairie (Away)
Round Lake Park
16691 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN

Thurs, April 23 vs. Wayzata (Away)
3200 Mill St, Hamel, MN 55340

These games are a distance away. WE WILL NEED TO LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 4:30 PM.  Meet at 4:20pm at SWHS, Chowen lot. 

Parents who can drive, please reply by comment on the Facebook Page or by e-mail to Madalyn.

PLAYERS:
Bring: Layers for the weather, cleats, WATER, SNACKS, jersey.
It helps if you let your captains or coach know if you will be able to play.

You can always check for schedules/scores/standings at www.mnyu.org

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Girls Game Scheduled for 4/14 & 4/21
Saturday, April 11, 2015 8:10 PM

Tues, April 14 vs. Armstrong A (Away) 

Pilgrim Lane Elementary School
3725 Pilgrim Lane North, Plymouth, MN
(Parents who can drive, please reply by comment on the Facebook notice or by e-mail to Madalyn)

Tues, April 21 vs. Hopkins A (Home/Minikahda)

(You can always check for schedules/scores/standings at www.mnyu.org)

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MÜS meeting reminder
Saturday, April 11, 2015 6:55 PM

For captains, parents who can help or have questions, and coaches. Players, you're off the hook for this one!

  • Monday, April 13, 7:15 pm 
  • Cioci/Lazur house (4006 York Ave A)
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Madison Mudbath Tournament Info
Friday, April 10, 2015 6:15 AM

Hey MUS Boys/Open Team,

Time to organize for the Madison MUDBATH Tournament!  

Southwest MUS Open was one of 16 teams accepted in the prestigious Madison Mudbath Tournament, April 24-25-26 in Madison Wisconsin.  (Note: We didn't register a girls team this year because at the time we didn't know if we'd have the numbers to field a team).

Mudbath gives us a chance to test ourselves against teams from thorough the Midwest- of the 16 teams, only 6 are from Minnesota. Mudbath is very well organized and its 15th year.

Here is some basic info:
 
Eligibility
 - Must be in high school. (Sorry, 8th graders aren't able to play in this one.)
 
Tournament format
 
  -3 games on Saturday, 2 to 3 on Sunday.
  -4 team pools on Saturday.  Championship or consolation round on Sunday.
 
Housing/Logistics
  -Housing provided by host families from Madison
  -Leave from Southwest Door 7 on Friday the 24th at 3:30pm.
   Kids will be dropped off at home on Sunday between 7-9pm depending on how we do.
  -Here is the Mudbath site
 
We need to know by April 16th if you plan to attend.  Cost will be $10 per player tournament fee (plus meal expenses and any souvenir gear).  This will be a great opportunity to experience a first class regional tournament, improve our skills and have fun. We're hoping to take about 16-20 kids.
 
Please RSVP by April 16 via Google form: 
 
Parents, we will determine drivers required after we know how many kids are going to play.
 
Our coaches for the weekend will be Sam Raths (we hope!), Dan Lieberman (MUS parent and a former ultimate coach, and Tim Opdahl (MUS alum, '14). 
 
Call or text Madalyn (612-508-6489) or e-mail with questions.
 
Thanks to Dan Lieberman for tournament organizing!
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First Game Photos (Boys)
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 9:15 PM

It was great to see such a large herd of boy MÜS (28?) out there for the first game of the season!  Some game photos...

*** Last Minute Change for Girls Game Tuesday ***
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 12:50 PM

Ladies: TONIGHT'S GAME (4/7/15) IS AT THE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM (21st Ave S & E 31st St). Sorry for the last minute change -- the South team got access to their stadium after all!

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Tuesday Location Change for Girls
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:20 AM

Ladies: Tuesday's game will be at Powderhorn Park (10th Ave S & E 32nd St).  Sorry for the last minute location change -- the South coach had trouble getting fields approved after the rain.

Everybody: Bring warm layers, rain gear, and registration forms if you haven't turned them in yet.  Lots of fun in store at our first games tomorrow!

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MUS News 4/5/15
Monday, April 06, 2015 6:40 AM

1. Games this week.  Still need drivers!

IN ORDER TO PLAY IN TUESDAY'S GAMES, PLAYERS MUST HAVE COMPLETED THEIR REGISTRATION FORM, MEDICAL WAIVER, AND USA ULTIMATE REGISTRATION.

This is a safety and insurance issue.  Ladies in particular, we are waiting for forms from a lot of you!!  You may bring your completed forms to Tuesday's game.

Tuesday, April 7:
·      Girls to South:  Need ~2 more drivers.  Have 1 (Mikki). 
·      Boys to Edina:  Need ~2-3 more drivers. Have 2 (Mike Martin and Madalyn).

Thursday, April 9:
·      Boys at home vs. St. Paul Central (at Minikahda Vista). Warm ups at 5pm, game at 6pm.
·      Girls will practice at Minikahda at normal time, 3:30.
If you can drive Tuesday, text (612-508-6489) or email me with how many you can take.  Depart from SWHS, Chowen Ave. lot, 4:30pm.

PLAYERS BRING:  water bottles, cleats, purple & white jerseys or shirts, several clothing layers/jackets/hat/gloves. 
          
2. MUS meeting (parents, coaches, and captains)
Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:15pm – 8:30pm
Location: 4006 York Ave. S (Cioci/Lazur house).
Any parent who wants to help out is welcome. We can find a role that suits your time and skills. MUS needs the help of many parents!

Agenda to include:
·      Tournament Planning for Madison Mudbath (April 25/26)
·      Booster roles to fill
·      Stadium Game  (are we doing one?)
·      Budget/Finances update
·      End of year planning
- Letters
- Picnic &  alumnae game
·      Other?

3.  Madison Mudbath (boys only) – Save the Dates April 24-26

Please encourage your (boy) player(s) to come to the Mudbath tournament. Save the dates now – we’ll leave Friday afternoon April 24, play Frisbee April 25 & 26 and return the night of April 26.  It’s a fun tournament. Kids and accompanying parents are hosted together by one of the Madison team families.  Details to come. Drivers and chaperones will be needed. 

4.  Game Jerseys

The game jerseys have arrived!  If you have your registration in and have paid for your jersey it will be available for you on Tues. We will bring them to the parking lot at SWHS at 4:30 so the girls can get theirs and the boys can pick them up at the game.

 
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Spring Break Pickup & Jerseys
Monday, March 30, 2015 8:00 PM

There are no practices scheduled for spring break, but we would like to offfer a pickup game this Wednesday at Armatage park, time is TBD so tell us your availability (post on Facebook) and we can verify Tuesday.  

Also... The first shipment of jerseys is here, if you are registered you can receive yours as soon as Wednesday, see you all soon!

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Registrations and First Games of the Season!
Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:00 PM

REGISTRATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED

If you're still on the fence, let me encourage you to give ultimate a shot. You'll learn a fun game, get some exercise, and enjoy incredibly friendly coaches who want you to have a good time while you learn the basics of throwing and catching.

Even if you're not sure about playing in games yet, you are welcome to just come to practices.

How to register:

  1. SWHS Ultimate Club Registration Form, and
  2. The Medical Waiver, and
  3. A check for $105 ($70 club fee, $35 jersey) made to Southwest Ultimate Frisbee Club. 4.  You'll also need to join USA Ultimate if you want to play in the league games ($15 for new members).

Bring them to a practice and give them to a captain, coach, or Donna Beatty (booster treasurer).  Or you can mail them to  Donna at 6051 James Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419

UPCOMING GAMES
Note: Games are at 6pm, but be at fields by 5pm.
Depart SWHS at 4:30 for away games.
Arrive at Minikahda Vista by 5pm for home games. (Drivers will be arranged for away games.Players on their own for transportation for home games.)

GIRLS:

  • Tuesday, May 31 -- WILL BE RESCHEDULED
    THIS GAME VS. EDINA will be rescheduled (both teams are on Spring Break)
     
  • Tuesday April 7
    Vs. South High School AT SOUTH
    1900-2098 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

BOYS/OPEN:

  • April 2 game vs. Edina AT EDINA RESCHEDULED,
    Tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, April 7
     
  • Thursday, April 9 --
    Vs. St. Paul Central, AT HOME

(You can check the game schedule here: http://www.mnyu.org/Seasons.aspx#  however, rescheduled games won't be posted timely there. So watch e-mail and facebook.)

DRIVERS NEEDED:

  • Tuesday April 7:
    • 3 drivers for Girls to South.
    • 4-6 drivers for Boys to Edina

Please let Madalyn know if you can drive:   Reply ONLY to Madalyn  madalyncioci@gmail.com or text 612-508-6489

(MUS is looking for a Transportation Coordinator! It's really easy, and hugely helpful! Great job for a first year booster :))

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Practice at Armatage 4:00-6:00 on March 24th and 26th *** Updated ***
Sunday, March 22, 2015 2:30 PM

It has been decided to hold practice this week at Armatage (58th & Penn) 4:00-6:00 on Tues., March 24th and Thurs., March 26th (NOTE TIME CHANGE).

Our official contract is in for Minikahda Vista and they want us to use the field starting on April 2nd. Eventually Coach Erin will be in charge of letting everyone know where practices will be held each week but until our contracts for field reservations start, we will need to be flexible for the next 3 practices.

There is a bus route that can get you to this location (pick up #6 southbound on Xerxes, get off at 58th Street, and walk east to Penn) and hopefully a few parents and players can take some kids if needed. Coach Chris also volunteered to pick -up some players if needed. Maggie can get the 4 eigth graders to Armatage right after they get out of school if needed (text her at 612-865-4608).

Lastly, Please bring any outstanding Fundraiser packets to practice on Tues.  We need all unsold coupons to be returned to the Impact Fundraising Co. so they can settle our account with us.

Thank you everyone for making all of this happen for our MUS players!

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MUS Discs are Here!
Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:10 PM

We were able to give out 14 Discs at tonight's practice! Please get your registration in ASAP so you can get your disc too! You can even bring it to the Fundraiser this Sun. and pick up your disc at that time.

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Final Fundraiser Date -- Sunday, March 22, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:30 AM

A big Thank You to everyone involved with last Saturdays Fundraiser Blitz kickoff! It was a very worthwhile event for the team, in more ways than just raising money (Which they did!) for MUS.  It was fun to get to know new players and everyone enjoyed the pizza and suspense of being able to dip their hand in the CA$H bag.  Just ask John Lazur, he managed to pull out a $10.00 bill in both of his grabs. It was a beautiful day and there was even some time to toss around the frisbee.

Our next (and final) fundraiser date is Sunday, March 22nd.

Meet at the Lazur/Cioci household (4006 York Ave. S. Minneapolis, 55410) at 12:00 p.m. for a brief selling tips discussion and to get your map and pick your driver for the day.

We go out in small groups and sell until 5:00.  Then we meet back at the  Lazur/Cioci household for a pizza party and cash prizes to be won. This should be another fun event and the weather looks like overcast with a high in the 40's which could keep people in their neighborhood and willing to contribute!

We are all very excited about this team building year!  Our first practice this week was awesome with 24 boys and 12 girls showing up to support this game. Ultimate frisbee is one of the most honorable team sports ever played.  It defines good sportsmanship with self-refereeing and a creative cheer from each team to the other after every game.  Who does that??? Ultimate teaches our kids what we want them to learn and a game they can enjoy playing forever!

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Fundraiser packets are due after the final fundraiser and no later than Mon. 23rd.  If you can drop them off at the Lazur/Cioci household on Sun. even if you cannot attend the fundraiser Blitz or give them to a captain, coach or booster member by the 23rd that would be perfect.  Thank you for all your efforts!

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